Copyright and the CC Movement

According to WIPO, intellectual property (IP) is defined as “creations of the mind, such as inventions; literary and artistic works; designs; and symbols, names and images used in commerce.”

I got the following information from the WIPO Intellectual Property Handbook: Policy, Law and Use. This handbook states that there are two main reasons for laws that protect intellectual property. One of these reasons is to give rights to people for their creations and to have a way to enforce them. The second reason is to “encourage fair trading” that would help economic and social development.

There are a couple of ways to protect your intellectual property. Two of these ways are automatic: copyright and Design Right, while three of them require an application: Trademark, Registered Design, and Patents.

In short, the Intellectual Property Law protects against infringement (Legal Resources). Thankfully for everyone who posts any sort of creative pieces, infringement will result in a case being taken to federal court.

In addition to the research that I did on the subject, I also read an article that was against the term”intellectual property”. This article written by Richard M. Stallman, titled Did you say “Intellectual Property”? It’s a Seductive Mirage, was pretty interesting. Stallman states “…fashionable to toss copyright, patents, and trademarks-three separate and different entities involving three separate and different sets of laws-plus a dozen other laws into one pot and call it ‘intellectual property'”. He feels that the copyright law, patent law, and trademark law were all different in regards to intellectual property and that, really, “there is no such thing as intellectual property”.

I don’t know how I feel about his comments. I mean, reading the articles from my sources (which include the United Kingdom Government, HG.org, and World Intellectual Property Foundation) intellectual property seems to be the bigger picture, while copyright, trademark, and patents are the different categories under it. It all pretty much as the same consequences (being sued) and is just different levels of protection your creative works, whether that be inventions, designs, or your words.

 

The license I used from the Creative Commons website is the Creative Commons Attribution – NonCommercial – NoDerviations 4.0 International License. The reason why I used this license is because on my blog, I will be posting a lot of original works (pieces from my book) and I don’t want anyone using those pieces in any way. It’s something that is very important to me, and when I want it shared, then I will share it myself.

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